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Keeping it Casual: The Classic Trench Coat

A perpetual staple; the versatility of the trench coat goes well beyond corporate life. You will feel perfectly poised no matter what you have layered underneath this timeless piece. From the coziest loungewear set to your little black dress, the trench coat will keep you covered, styled, and comfortably chic. 

Most classically, you will find the trench in a neutral colorway made in a variety of fabrics. Choose whichever will allow for effortless styling in your wardrobe while always remaining true to what best suits your lifestyle, climate, and vibe.

Personally, I’ve opted for neutral beige oversized trench (linked here) and a classic cognac coloured vegan leather trench (linked here). Both fit into my current wardrobe seamlessly and immediately bring a sense of polish and sophistication to any look. 

The quintessential trench coat is an obvious go-to for corporate life; but let’s explore five quick and easy ways to style the trench casually with items you might already have in your closet. 

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Style 1: Comfortably Casual

Until last summer, I loathed jump suits. The only one-piece anything you would find me in would be a dress. That is until the Wilfred divinity jumpsuit from Aritzia entered my wardrobe. The shorts were worn all summer long and the pants were immediately purchased for fall/winter. It’s beyond comfortable, stretches with my growing belly, smooths over any bumps or texture and is effortlessly styled no matter what I put on over top. But I digress, back to the trench. It seamlessly completes the look when worn over the adorned jumper that was paired with an oversized cardigan and fav pair of Converse. Confidently casual, love. 

Style 2: Effortless Shine

We’ve brought the faux patent leather legging back; only this time, we’ve paired it with an oversized band tee, simple runners, the classic trench and a hat. WIth thanks to the trench, whether running errands or meeting friends, you’ll feel styled, comfortable, and chic.

Style 3: Loungewear Chic, of course

It wouldn’t be authentic of me if we didn’t style a sweatsuit at least once. Keeping the set monochromatic is a simple way to maintain a sophisticated yet uncomplicated look. The cargo style of these sweats paired back to the classic trench really has my heart and is the perfect reminder for you to play with the aspects of styles and aesthetics that your eye gravitates toward. Don’t be afraid to mix it up!

Style 4: Sweater Weather

Who doesn’t love sweater weather? When you’re not sure what to wear, grab a sweater dress. Here we’ve styled with a neutral lug sole boot and the oversized trench coat. This style could be worn with ease any day of the week. 

Style 5: Elevated Casual

This style is modern, fresh, and ready to have fun. Have you layered your motto under the classic trench yet? Paired back to loose fitting jeans, a sheer tee, and your fav boots, you’re ready for dinner with your favourite people. This style could be my most beloved of all.

BONUS Style: Date Night 

A luxurious leather trench is beautiful twist on this refined jacket that functions especially well during the winter months. I find myself reaching for the vegan leather trench on colder days when the motto just isn’t enough. It brings an edgy sophistication to whatever the ensemble. We’ve styled here with a simple satin cami dress and tall shaft boot. I wonder if my husband will take me out for McDonalds? 

The trench coat is the perfect transitional jacket that can be worn all year all year round. The oversized ease & simplicity of the jacket will bring a sense of effortless polish to any style for years to come.

With this in mind, let’s get shopping! 

Zara: Water Repellent Oversized Belted Trench Coat

Credit: Zara

Zara: Belted Faux Leather Trench

Credit: Zara

Zara: Long Cotton Trench

Credit: Zara

H&M: Double-breasted Trench Coat

Credit: H&M

H&M: Double-breasted Trench Coat

Credit: H&M

Oak + Fort: Oversized Trench Coat

Credit: Oak + Fort

Oak + Fort: Trench Coat

Credit: Oak + Fort

Oak + Fort: Oversized Vegan Leather Trench

Credit: Oak + Fort

Aritzia: Tabloid Trench Coat

Credit: Aritzia

Rain or shine, the trench coat will become the perfect compliment to so many styles in your wardrobe while keeping your confidence as the focal point. 

Don’t forget to tag me on Instagram with your trench coat styles. I love to see your vibe! 

It’s all energy. 

Published: February 10, 2023

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